We are the first to agree that, when it comes to curtain cleaning, we don't really think about it that much. As a matter of fact, a lot of folks only realize their curtains need attention when they are having a family get-together. Do we all neglect our curtains this way, or is this just something we accuse single men of doing? Regardless, it's a good idea to schedule regular curtain cleanings throughout the year, no matter who you are. While it's not necessary (usually) to shampoo your curtains each and every month, you should make it a habit to vacuum weekly. If you are not in the habit of regular vacuuming, then do yourself and your curtain a favor and get with the program.
Every week you need to thoroughly vacuum all of your curtains. Your situation will determine what else you need to do besides vacuuming weekly. That is the very least that is necessary to keep your curtains clean. This regularly scheduled vacuuming is a good way to keep the dirt and dust that you can't readily see vacuumed up. One big problem is that the longer you wait between vacuuming, the more dirt gets ground into your curtains. The more ground up dirt that gets into your curtain's fibers, the more difficulty there is to remove it. So, it's up to you to keep this from happening. It may be a good idea to vacuum the high-traffic areas in your home daily. Even this quick "spot vacuuming" will help in the long run. You can easily shampoo your curtains yourself, as many people do. First, you will save money in time by not having to pay somebody to do it. In any event, it's always a good practice to shampoo your curtains frequently through the year. As you can see, you would be better off if you simply purchased a high quality shampooer for your curtains at the start. In the long run, you will be pleased that you spent more to get a really professional quality rug shampooer. If you want a product that will do a good job and last a long time, you need to buy a high quality product. This is especially true of appliances subject to a lot of hard use.
Many people tend to take their curtain cleaning with less seriousness than it really deserves. Your health can be negatively impacted if your curtains are not kept clean. It's easy to skip vacuuming if your curtain doesn't look dirty. This is not a good idea because, as we mentioned before, most of the dirt in your curtain isn't obvious. If we see something, we do what's necessary; however, if something is invisible to our eyes, we ignore its existence. If our curtains don't appear to be dirty, we simply decide to skip the vacuuming. But that is deceptive; so just get in the habit of running your vacuum at least once a week and twice is ideal.
As you can see, you need to consider the color of your curtain, as well as other factors, when you are in the market for a new curtaining. Think seriously about what you'll have to do to keep it clean. The homes that we've been in that have cream or white curtains are very beautiful and elegant. The sad thing was that the people who lived there were afraid someone would walk on their curtains and get them dirty. It seems to us that, if they were going to be so worried about their curtains, they should either have chosen a different color or never had guests over.